This week I whipped up a yummy dessert for the family. Keeping Halloween in mind, and wanting to use the pears on my counter, I pulled out a box of Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry and a jar of Nutella, and I was set.

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Taking Puffection in my own hands, I created a fun, tasty, light Halloween dessert.

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry—is a key ingredient in the creation of simple yet impressive appetizers, entrées and desserts. I call it a “no-fail” ingredient to have on hand, because all you do is thaw it for 40 minutes, and then the creation is left up to your imagination.

It’s perfect to work with for home cooks like myself.

It’s sold in the freezer section of grocery stores in both Sheets and Shells. It bakes to a golden, flaky goodness in a wide range of forms, from individual cups when shaped within a muffin tin, to playful shapes that signal tasty holiday fun.

Like my pumpkin, on which I scored out a shape.

I called my husband downstairs to help spread the Nutella (so I could snap a photo). Boom!

We sliced pears on top of that. Beautiful Comice pears. Yum!

I sprinkled it with brown sugar, and then salted it with sea salt. Yes!

And then, out of the oven.

We served it with Umqua Maple Nut ice cream, which really made the dessert complete!

I’d say entertaining-worthy, for sure.

What are some creative ways you’ve used puff pastry in your cooking?



Recipe: Puff-Pastry Pear Tart with Nutella {}

Summary: An elegant dessert that is made in minutes. This recipe will make “2” pumpkins.


  • 1 sheet 17 1/4-ounce package frozen Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry sheets, thawed
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 1 large pear, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Sea salt
  • Pecans, chopped finely (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Roll out pastry square on work surface and score with a knife to the shape of a pumpkin.
  2. Spread the Nutella in the center of the pumpkin, leaving 1 inch around the outside.
  3. Layer the pear slices evenly on top of the Nutella.
  4. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
  5. Lightly salt.
  6. Bring the edges up and over (pinch) to make an outside crust around the outside.
  7. Bake until pastry is golden brown about 25 minutes.
  8. Serve warm with ice cream.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 25 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6


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Pepperidge Farm has provided me with a stipend for time and materials invested in the Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Halloween challenge, but as always, all opinions are my own.